Cotillion Stakes 2022: Contenders & Odds

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Parx Racing Press Release
Updated: September 20, 2022

Secret Oath 2/1 Morning Line Favorite for 2022 Cotillion Stakes

A field of nine is entered for the 53rd running of the Grade 1, $1 million Cotillion Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Parx Racing on Saturday, September 24. The 1 1/16 miles is the co-feature along with the betPARX Pennsylvania Derby on the card that includes two other graded stakes among the 10 total stakes.

2022 Cotillion Stakes Field & Odds

Race 11 at Parx Racing on Saturday, September 24 - Post 5:20 PM

Entry Horse ML Odds Jockey Trainer
1 Green Up 6-1 Irad Ortiz, Jr.
122 Lbs
Todd Pletcher
2 Adare Manor 7-2 Mike Smith
124 Lbs
Bob Baffert
3 Goddess of Fire 5-1 John Velazquez
120 Lbs
Todd Pletcher
4 Beach Daze 30-1 Adam Bowman
120 Lbs
Farrel Mann
5 Gerrymander 8-1 Joel Rosario
124 Lbs
Chad Brown
6 Secret Oath 2-1 Luis Saez
126 Lbs
D. Lukas
7 Shahama 8-1 Flavien Prat
124 Lbs
Todd Pletcher
8 Morning Matcha 15-1 Paco Lopez
122 Lbs
Robert Reid, Jr.
9 Society 8-1 Florent Geroux
122 Lbs
Steven Asmussen

Atop the Cotillion field is Briland Farm's homebred Secret Oath, who will be making her eighth start of 2022 after two runner-up performances to Nest at Saratoga Race Course in the Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks and Grade 1 Alabama Stakes.

The Kentucky-bred has been training at Saratoga toward her sixth career Grade 1 start, and could give Hall of Fame Trainer D. Wayne Lukas his first Cotillion victory. The Arrogate filly's best race came on the eve of the Kentucky Derby when she bested Nest and 12 others in the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks.

Michael Lund Petersen's Adare Manor will ship from Southern California for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert in search of her first Grade 1 victory. The Kentucky-bred by Uncle Mo broke her maiden by 12 lengths at Santa Anita Park then won the Grade 3 Las Virgenes by 13 lengths before placing second in both the Grade 2 Santa Anita Oaks and Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan at Pimlico in her most recent start.

Peter E. Blum Thoroughbred's Society owns four wins from five starts after suffering her only career loss when a troubled fourth in the Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks at Saratoga. The Gun Runner filly returned to win the Grade 3 Charles Town Oaks and will try to give Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen his fifth Cotillion victory.

Hall of Fame trainer Todd Pletcher will try for his fourth Cotillion with a trio of runners that includes KHK Racing's Shahama. The daughter of Munnings, who was unbeaten in four starts in Dubai before returning to the U.S., comes off a second in the Grade 2 Mother Goose at Belmont Park and a victory in the Grade 3 Monmouth Oaks in her last two starts. Pletcher will also send out Red Oak Stable's Goddess of Fire, third in the Grade 1 Alabama last time; and Team Valor International's Green Up, winner of the Cathryn Sophia at Parx last time.

Pre-Draw News

Kentucky Oaks winner Secret Oath among nominees to Cotillion

SEP 12 - The 53rd running of the Grade 1, $1 million Cotillion Stakes for 3-year-old fillies has drawn 16 nominations for a chance to start in the 1 1/16-mile co-feature on betPARX Pennsylvania Derby Day at Parx Racing. The Cotillion will be one of four graded stakes among the 10 stakes races on the Sept. 24 program.

Trainer D. Wayne Lukas has enjoyed success in almost every American stakes over his legendary career, but the 87-year-old Hall of Famer has yet to grace the winners' circle in the Cotillion. That could change this year with his multiple graded stakes-winning filly Secret Oath.

Briland Farm's Arrogate filly could make her eighth start of 2022 in the Cotillion, coming off her runner-up finish behind Nest in the Grade 1 Alabama Stakes Aug. 20 at Saratoga Race Course. She also finished second behind Nest in the Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks at Saratoga after defeating that rival in the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs. Secret Oath also finished third against males in the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park and fourth against males in the Grade 1 Preakness Stakes at Pimlico.

Lukas believes that a victory in the Cotillion would put his filly back in the running for the 3-year-old filly championship.

"I think it does, yes," Lukas said. "But we still have to probably go head-to-head with (Nest) to get the right answer. Right now, on this day, she is better than we are. We are looking forward to getting down there for the Cotillion."

Secret Oath will train at Saratoga Race Course before shipping Parx the week of the Cotillion.

Michael Lund Peterson's Adare Manor could prove a tough foe should she travel from California for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert. The Kentucky-bred daughter of Uncle Mo was winless in two starts as a 2-year-old, but returned to break her maiden by 12 lengths at Santa Anita Park before a 13-length victory in the Grade 3 Las Virgenes in early February. Named for a five-star hotel and golf resort in Limerick, Ireland, Adare Manor finished second in the Grade 2 Santa Anita Oaks and second in the Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan at Pimlico.

"We were very high on her and she has sort of went off form a little bit," Baffert said. "She got beat in the Santa Anita Oaks and we did not go to the Kentucky Oaks. She ran back in the Black-Eyed Susan and got beat. She has trained really well since then."

Adare Manor has been firing multiple bullet works from Baffert's summertime base at Del Mar in anticipation of her next start.

Baffert may also opt to send the lightly raced Fun to Dream, who has yet to make a start against graded stakes company. The California-bred daughter of Arrogate, unraced at 2, broke her maiden by 6 1/2 lengths at Santa Anita then returned to win the Fleet Treat Stakes by 9 3/4 lengths.

Baffert has started four fillies in the Cotillion and has yet to finish off the board after finishing fourth with Bonnie Blue Flag in 2010. He won with Plum Pretty in 2011 before Jojo Warrior's finished third in 2014 and Abel Tasman finished second in 2017.

Alyfife Racing's Fingal's Cave is undefeated through four career starts and has yet to face graded stakes company, but the New York-bred would be an interesting entrant should she venture out of her home state for the first time. After breaking her maiden by 8 1/2 lengths May 21 at Belmont Park, the David Donk trainee returned to win an allowance race by 9 lengths. The filly by Carpe Diem shipped north and showed that she could transfer her speed with a pair of wins at Saratoga Race Course that included the Fleet Indian Stakes over a muddy, sealed track.

Others nominated to the Cotillion are Joseph Besecker's Bazinga C (Timothy Kreiser); All IN Racing Stables and J P S Stable's Beach Daze (Farrel Mann); Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Long Valley Stable's Divine Huntress (H. Graham Motion); Klaravich Stables' Gerrymander (Chad Brown); Red Oak Stable's Goddess of Fire (Todd Pletcher); Team Valor International's Green Up (Todd Pletcher); Flurry Racing Stable's Interstatedaydream (Brad Cox); Gatsas Stable's Midnight Stroll (John Terranova); LC Racing, Cash is King and Gary Barber's Morning Matcha (Robert Reid Jr.); Thomas G. Coulter's New Hire (Erin McClellan); KHK Racing's Shahama (Todd Pletcher) and Peter E. Blum Thoroughbred's Society (Steve Asmussen).

The betPARX Pennsylvania Derby and Cotillion Day card also includes the Grade 2, $300,000 Gallant Bob Stakes; Grade 3, $300,000 Turf Monster Stakes; Grade 3, $200,000 Greenwood Cup Stakes; $200,000 Parx Dirt Mile Stakes; $200,000 Alphabet Soup Handicap; $200,000 Plum Pretty Stakes; $200,000 Prince Lucky Stakes; and $200,000 Imply Stakes. First post Saturday, Sept. 24 is 12:05 p.m. ET.

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